Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Paperback, 400 pages
Publication: July 27th 2021 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: Historical Fiction, WWII
From Goodreads: From Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb, the bestselling authors of Meet Me in Monaco, comes a coming-of-age novel set in pre-WWII Europe, perfect for fans of Jennifer Robson, Beatriz Williams, and Kate Quinn.
Three cities, two sisters, one chance to correct the past . . .
New York, 1937: When estranged sisters Clara and Madeleine Sommers learn their grandmother is dying, they agree to fulfill her last wish: to travel across Europe—together. They are to deliver three letters, in which Violet will say goodbye to those she hasn’t seen since traveling to Europe forty years earlier; a journey inspired by famed reporter, Nellie Bly.
Clara, ever-dutiful, sees the trip as an inconvenient detour before her wedding to millionaire Charles Hancock, but it’s also a chance to embrace her love of art. Budding journalist Madeleine relishes the opportunity to develop her ambitions to report on the growing threat of Hitler’s Nazi party and Mussolini’s control in Italy.
Constantly at odds with each other as they explore the luxurious Queen Mary, the Orient Express, and the sights of Paris and Venice,, Clara and Madeleine wonder if they can fulfil Violet’s wish, until a shocking truth about their family brings them closer together. But as they reach Vienna to deliver the final letter, old grudges threaten their reconciliation again. As political tensions rise, and Europe feels increasingly volatile, the pair are glad to head home on the Hindenburg, where fate will play its hand in the final stage of their journey.
My Thoughts: Three Words for Goodbye is a story set in Europe pre–World War 2. The look at the world as it seems unaware of the war that is heading for them was interesting but also scary. While there was talk of Hitler and his army, it was mostly about two estranged sisters who vow to carry out their dying aunts last wishes. In doing so they get the extraordinary opportunity to visit three historic cities and learn about the aunt’s life before she was their aunt.
The relationship between Clara and Madeleine was tough. They did not see eye to eye on anything except that they had to follow Violet’s plan and fulfill her wishes. In their traveling they meet interesting people, see amazing places but most of all they learn to rely on each other. They see things that they will never forget while making memories to last a lifetime.
This is a historical fiction story, but it had many twists. There were unexpected discoveries, secrets revealed, pasts forgiven but not forgotten, and families reacquainted. I loved every word in this book. The descriptions of the people, locations, and surroundings brought the story to life while the emotions and reactions of the characters made them real. I was unable to put the book down and recommend picking up your own copy and losing yourself in the travels of two sisters, following their aunts last wishes.
**Thank you, Heather Webb, and NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
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Meet Heather Webb…Heather Webb is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of seven historical novels. In 2015, Rodin’s Lover was a Goodread’s Top Pick, and in 2018, Last Christmas in Paris won the Women’s Fiction Writers Association STAR Award. Meet Me in Monaco, was selected as a finalist for the 2020 Goldsboro RNA award in the UK, as well as the 2019 Digital Book World’s Fiction prize. To date, Heather’s books have been translated to over a dozen languages. She lives in New England with her family and one feisty rabbit.
Heather’s next solo novel, The Next Ship Home, is inspired by true events and reveals the dark secrets of Ellis Island as two unlikely friends challenge a corrupt system, altering their fate and the lives of the immigrants that come after them. Stay tuned through her newsletter for updates on the release date in early 2022 from Sourcebooks.
Heather has also joined forces again with her beloved writing partner, Hazel Gaynor, for a third collaboration, Three Words for Goodbye, in which two feuding sisters travel to Europe at their grandmother’s last request, only to be faced with one of the most devastating disasters of the 20th century. Coming July 2021 from HarperCollins.
Meet Hazel Gaynor…Hazel Gaynor is an award-winning, New York Times, USA Today, Irish Times and international bestselling author. Her most recent historical novel, set in China during WW2, published as THE BIRD IN THE BAMBOO CAGE, in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, and as WHEN WE WERE YOUNG & BRAVE in the USA and Canada, was an Irish Times bestseller, a National Bestseller in the USA and was shortlisted for the 2020 Irish Book Awards. Her next novel, THREE WORDS FOR GOODBYE, co-written with Heather Webb, will be published in the USA and Canada in July 2021, and in the UK and Ireland in September 2021.
Hazel’s 2014 debut novel The Girl Who Came Home—A Novel of the Titanic won the 2015 Romantic Novelists’ Association Historical Novel of the Year, A Memory of Violets, was a 2015 WHSmith Fresh Talent pick, The Girl from The Savoy was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards, and The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter was shortlisted for the 2019 Historical Writers’ Association Gold Crown Award.
Last Christmas in Paris (co-written with Heather Webb) won the 2018 Women’s Fiction Writers Association STAR Award. Their second collaboration, Meet Me In Monaco, was shortlisted for the 2020 Romantic Novelists’ Association Historical Novel of the Year.
Hazel was selected by Library Journal as one of Ten Big Breakout Authors for 2015. Her work has been translated into seventeen languages and is published in twenty-three countries to date. She is also co-founder of creative writing events The Inspiration Project, with authors Catherine Ryan Howard and Carmel Harrington. Hazel lives in Ireland with her husband and two children. She is represented by Michelle Brower of Aevitas Creative Management, New York.
Monday, July 26, 2021
Title: Where the Briars Sleep
Author: Emma Beaven
Genre: Gothic Suspense
Publisher: Hot Tree Press
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.
𝐈𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐲 𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐡-𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐲 𝐠𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐜 𝐠𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲, 𝐑𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐒𝐡𝐞𝐝𝐝 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐞𝐫, 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐮𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐞, 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐞, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐑𝐨𝐬𝐞’𝐬 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐝𝐞𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐧 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐬𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐜𝐞𝐝 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐭𝐨 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐭.
𝑆ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑𝑛’𝑡 𝑖𝑚𝑎𝑔𝑖𝑛𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑙𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑎𝑟𝑘, 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑑𝑟𝑜𝑏𝑒 𝑙𝑜𝑜𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟 ℎ𝑒𝑟, 𝑖𝑡𝑠 𝑑𝑜𝑜𝑟 𝑐𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔, ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑡𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔. 𝐴𝑛𝑦𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝑠𝑛𝑒𝑎𝑘 𝑢𝑝 𝑜𝑛 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑎𝑟𝑘 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑐𝑙𝑜𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑒𝑦𝑒𝑠. 𝐴𝑛𝑦𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔.
Arriving back at her home estate, the first thing Rose does is visit her stepsister Sarah’s grave, taking her younger sister, Maggie, along. After a forced retreat at the cousins', Rose looks forward to some normalcy and a return to routine. Not to mention the unexpected upcoming ball hosted by their elusive neighbors to introduce their son Henry, who has been away. Perhaps this mysterious Henry may become interested in Rose. Or most likely he would become her younger sister's fourth suitor and Rose would endure more “old maid” banter.
With the oppressive heat and unpredictable weather, Rose and Maggie are caught in a sudden severe thunderstorm. Maggie makes it back before the sky unleashes its fury, but Rose is caught behind. She really doesn’t mind, however, because she loves the rain and the wind and the gardens and could stay outside their stuffy mansion forever. Away from the wardrobe.
In the midst of the storm, Rose is cut by a briar and becomes caught in the mud. She sees a woman on their front porch. 𝘔𝘢𝘨𝘨𝘪𝘦?
“Help me, Maggie!” But the woman is gone.
𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐨𝐧, 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐧𝐨 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐦 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐰𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐠𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐜 𝐕𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐠𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲. 𝐀 𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐞 𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬, 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐫𝐢𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐞𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐬, 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞, 𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞, 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲, 𝐟𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐡, 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬, 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚 𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐩𝐲 𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚 𝐝𝐨𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐮𝐭𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐥𝐞𝐞𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐧.
Emma Beaven grew up in a reputedly haunted house on Solomons Island in Maryland. She has been an avid reader and writer of horror since she discovered Andersen’s fairy tales as a little girl. Her love of books followed her throughout her life, as she studied English literature at the University of Maryland, College Park. And from there she has been on staff at the central Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore for over fifteen years, where she currently manages the Maryland Interlibrary Loan department and is surrounded by books all day.
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Friday, July 23, 2021
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- The Bradens & Montgomerys: Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls, Book 7
- By: Melissa Foster
- Narrated by: Savannah Peachwood, Aiden Snow
- Series: The Bradens & Montgomerys (Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls) Series, Book 7
- Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
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- Release date: 02-17-21
- Language: English
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Thursday, July 22, 2021
Today we have the release blitz for Leesa Wright’s Operation Amethyst! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy of this gorgeous historical romance today!
Title: Operation Amethyst
Author: Leesa Wright
Genre: Historical Romance
About Operation Amethyst:Operation Amethyst takes the reader on an immersive historical journey with chilling twists and turns through war-torn Vietnam at the height of the War. A trail of secrets, in a faraway land could shatter the fiery American Prima Ballerina’s glamorous lifestyle. Captain Elijah Corrington’s mission: To keep the American prima ballerina, Elyse Booker, safe from North Vietnamese Army and the auction block. He quickly learns she’s not going to make this the easiest mission he’s ever faced. A family’s legacy of serving in the Marines Corp. The war-hardened marine, Elijah, is used to having his orders followed without question. She is fiercely independent and, at times, mischievous. Elyse, oblivious to the danger she’s facing is not about to take orders from some arrogant, handsome, stubborn marine. Three tours of duty could not prepare the Captain for the toughest battle of his life. Or for the Promise of Passion and Love. . . For the lovers of Ellen Marie Wiseman’s, The Orphan Collector, Leesa Wright has brought her love of history to life in this new 20th Century Historical Fiction Romance. OPERATION AMETHYST is available now. Come and be swept up in this romantic saga set in the midst of the Vietnam War.
Exclusive Excerpt:Elyse woke with the arm of the Captain around her waist, his hand resting on the curve of her hip. Her head laid on his chest. She made a sound that was more of a kitten’s mew. Elijah looked down into her face. “Good morning, brat.” Elyse’s sleep-fogged brain couldn’t comprehend his sarcasm, so she snuggled closer to his chest and sighed her contentment. Elyse’s eyes flew open when she realized her head lay on his chest and her proximity to him. She sat up, her hands splayed on the ground, and she stared into his gorgeous brown eyes. My breath. Her hand flew up to cover her mouth. “I think I need a toothbrush,” she said. ~*~*~ He was stunned into silence as his eyes roamed her face, her tousled hair, loosened from her bun as she had slept, fell in soft waves to curl around the curves of her breast and hips. The cleavage she unknowingly displayed, and that delightful tiny mole on the top of her left breast. Her eyes, Purple? No, amethyst. Porcelain skin and pink pouty lips. He had never seen a more beautiful woman, and he shook his head to clear his thoughts. Focus man, focus. He leaned over and grabbed his rucksack. Opening a side pouch, he pulled out a spare toothbrush still wrapped in clear plastic and handed it to her. “I guess I came prepared.” He handed her his canteen. “It’s Kool-aid.” “You brush your teeth with Kool-aid?” she asked incredulously. He gave a wry grin. “Not just any Kool-aid, grape Kool-aid. Fresh water when we can find it can be nasty. This covers the taste of the iodine pills we use to sanitize the water.” He picked her bobby pins off his chest and the ground next to him and handed them to her. “You have ten minutes then we move out.” “Seven men were ready within ten minutes. You took twice as long.” The Captain stated as she moved to pass him on the path. “Girl. I had to brush my teeth, wash my face. Thank God Mountain had water. I had to fix my hair and eat another nasty C-ration. I thought I did pretty well.” He grunted, rolling his eyes in response.
About Leesa Wright:Leesa makes her home in the Twin Cities metro area with her husband and her two dogs Rosie and Jax. When she isn’t writing she enjoys gardening, painting, and reading romance novels. She and her husband also enjoy movies, traveling, and entertaining their two grown children along with several beautiful grandchildren. Leesa’s favorite romance authors are Kathleen Woodwiss, Christine Feehan, and Johanna Lindsey. The book’s inspiration came one night from a dream about the characters, a song, and the story around them.
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Tuesday, July 20, 2021